State to take a 'balanced approach' to budget cuts, Spaulding says


State agencies have submitted proposed budget reductions called for by the governor after a recent downgrade in the revenue forecast for the current fiscal year.

Last week, each government agency submitted plans to achieve a 4 percent budget cut. Now the administration will determine which cuts will actually be made as the state seeks to compensate for a $31 million drop in projected revenue.

"We take a balanced approach," Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding said. "The more broadly we can spread the reductions, the better it is."

On July 25, state economists adjusted their revenue forecast for fiscal year 2015 from 4.8 percent growth to 3 percent. The budget cuts will total $31 million.

"There are some that can meet the target, some that have come in and said we can do better than the target," Spaulding said. "What's important for people to understand is that even if they have a 4 percent target, they shouldn't assume that they'll (be) cut 4 percent."

This week, Spaulding said, the administration will review the proposals, considering the feasibility and long-term effects of the cuts.

On Monday, the Agency of Administration will present the proposed cuts to the Joint Fiscal Committee. The committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday it will make a decision to approve, deny or amend the administration's proposal.

Spaulding would not comment on specific proposals or cuts the Agency of Administration is looking at.

"It's $31 million," he said. "I'm confident that we'll reach that."


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